Need help with a motherboard pick for an i7 920.

Hi there. I'm hoping to upgrade my CPU, Motherboard and Video card here soon. I've decided on getting an Intel i7 920. I don't know exactly which video card I'm going to get yet, but I'm sure it will be in the nVidia 200 category.

I currently have:

nVidia 7950 GX2 Video Card
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.67 6700 2.66Ghz CPU
Intel D975XBXLKR Socket 775 Motherboard
OCZ 700w GameXStream Power Supply
3 GB OCZ XTC 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz RAM
Apevia X Pleasure case.
http://www.cybertronpc.com/Itemdesc~ic~CAS-APV-XPLBK5W~eq~~Tp~~PCc~CASE.htm
I don't know if this case will fit the motherboard, or if it covers pretty much any motherboard I might get.


I will probably mildly overclock the CPU. I have heard that I should be getting a x58 motherboard, but other than that, I need recommendations as to which brand and type and why.

I will probably be getting 12GB of DDR3 Ram with the purchase, and altogether I'm hoping to get motherboard, video card, CPU, aftermarket fan, and RAM for $1000 ish.

If you need more info, please let me know.

I appreciate any help and advice. Thank you.
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  1. No need for 12GB
    6GB will do fine

    i7 920
    Asus P6T
    HSF: Dark Knight, Mugen2, or Thermaltake, etc
    GTX295
  2. What is good about the Asus P6T that would make it better than any of the other boards?

    Any specific models on the HSF?

    GTX 295 is a bit higher than I want to go at this time, but I'll probably pick up an economical 200 series.
  3. Newegg has a bundle with i7 920 and biostar t58xa board for $484.99, plus you get a $20 rebate. This biostar board will work with either sli or crossfire configurations.
  4. Another +1 for the P6T or a Gigabyte board.
  5. well what ive seen so far from all the I7 boards.. is alot of people get DOA's and northbridge n bios problems... this problem occurs on all of the boards for reasons im unsure of..

    the asus rampage gene II (it has a built in HD sound card.. but its onboard, not a risercard so its not as good, but its better than the other i7 boards sound cards) and it has problems with keeping the northbridge cool.. it tends run quite hot.. and we all know what happens when you got heat problems with anything graphics related lol.

    asus P6T deluxe V2 can handle higher memory OCs.. and the north bridge is actually quite cool.. so it can handle the OC of the graphics cards.. it has a lot of gadgets for OC'ing which are pretty neat to play with..

    i cant say much about the other boards out there for i havent read enough yet.. but please inform me of your decision.. for im trying to find one too :)
  6. if money doest matter 2 u..try evga classified
  7. the evga classified is a bit more than I wanted to spend.
  8. I'm liking the turbov on some of the p6t motherboards. Since I want to overclock the 920, this seems like a feature I should go for.

    Also, the SLi on the nvidia is a good thing.
  9. try the gigabyte ud4p, its pretty decent on the reviews, and does both SLi and Xfire...

    for the GPU: try the gtx 275
    what is the resolution on the screen? (if its under 1920x1200/1080, ull only need a gtx 260, id say)
  10. yeah P6T has alot of fun OC things.. i like the OC palm.. but you pay for it.. and quite alot might i add lol..

    ive been looking, but i dunno if this is a coincedince.. but most charts i read for I7 are taken using the P6T.. so it must be good no? :D
  11. micky_lund said:
    try the gigabyte ud4p, its pretty decent on the reviews, and does both SLi and Xfire...

    for the GPU: try the gtx 275
    what is the resolution on the screen? (if its under 1920x1200/1080, ull only need a gtx 260, id say)



    I have 2 Dell 24' Monitors at 1900x1200
  12. tcmike said:
    yeah P6T has alot of fun OC things.. i like the OC palm.. but you pay for it.. and quite alot might i add lol..

    ive been looking, but i dunno if this is a coincedince.. but most charts i read for I7 are taken using the P6T.. so it must be good no? :D

    Good point.
  13. OK: I think with all the help I've gotten over the last few days, I have what I'm getting. If there are any extra suggestions (fans, lighting, that kind of thing) just throw your 2 cents in.

    So, I'm about to order my new computer to be put together. Here's the specs:

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160


    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365


    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202


    EVGA 896-P3-1262-AR GeForce GTX 260 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130372


    I ordered 2 of those to SLI 2-way.

    COOLER MASTER RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037


    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284


    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

    I get to upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out.

    SONY Black/Gray 2X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM SATA Internal 2X Blu-ray DVD ROM Model BDUX10S
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827131054&Tpk=sony%20bdux10s


    Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme-1366 RT CPU Heatsink (Socket LGA 1366)
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8444/cpu-tri-57/Thermalright_Ultra-120_eXtreme-1366_RT_CPU_Heatsink_Socket_LGA_1366.html


    With Arctic Silver 5.


    Thermal-Star LCD Media Panel 7-1 Card Reader/Fan Controller



    So - that's the system.
    Any comments, recommendations or questions?
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